A Globe reader wishes to leave the Georges Island memorial to Confederate prisoners (“A painful, but important, monument on Georges Island,” Letters, Aug. 27), saying, “Fort Warren . . . memorializes 13 prisoners of war who died while imprisoned there. [Why] not show some [civility and tolerance] for men who died unwept far from home?”
How ironic is this? Which Southern state has a memorial to the hundreds of named blacks who died there as slaves? Are there memorials for the black soldiers who died in Georgia? Would any such memorial have survived the last 100 years of white supremacy in the South? Would the United Daughters of the Confederacy put up a memorial in Tennesseee or the Carolinas or Maryland for the black soldiers captured and enslaved?
What other nation allows a memorial to be established on its soil for the soldiers of a foreign nation that sought to break it up? Tolerance can be a one-way street, but sooner or later there has to be a return lane.